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Articles by Jake Widman
posted in October 2009
Last week's release of Windows 7 has some Windows defenders rubbing their virtual hands at the prospect of Microsoft delivering a knockout blow to Apple. But their arguments reveal that they don't understand why SMBs and consumers have been embracing the Mac in increasing numbers.
Psystar, the Mac cloning company that's been locked in legal battle with Apple for more than a year, is now selling software that anyone can use to install OS X on stock Intel-based PC hardware. A review of the instructions and FAQs show why doing so would be a bad business decision.
This morning Apple announced new iMacs with larger screens and faster processors and a slightly rejuggled pricing structure. The company also introduced a multitouch mouse and tweaked the low-end MacBook.
For the next two months, FileMaker is offering its Server version as a free throw-in for anyone purchasing ten licenses for FileMaker Pro.
As the release date of Windows 7 approaches, even longtime Mac fans praise the successor to Vista, raising the question yet again of the effect on Mac marketshare. A new report suggests that Windows 7 might just help the Mac, no matter how good it is.
Microsoft has announced that it will continue to provide Mainstream Support for Office 2004 for Mac. The extension will mean that SMBs that rely on Visual Basic for Applications macros will be fully supported until the next version of Office comes out.
Word's going around of an apparent data-destroying bug in the way Apple's new Snow Leopard OS handles guest accounts. SMBs that need to provide network access to temp workers, visitors from another office, or other non-permanent denizens of the office should be aware of the danger and take appropriate precautions.
VMware has announced that version 3 of its Fusion virtualization software, which enables Macs to run Windows, will support "the full Windows 7 experience." Fusion 3 will be available October 27.
Following up on a survey on Macs for home use that found a 33 percent increase over last year, Apple's top two distributors said they're seeing the same kind of growth in commercial installations. One of the drivers: the preferences of new workers.
The first line of defense in any security system is users' passwords -- if those get compromised, it barely matters what other measures you may have in place. A new book outlines best practices that Mac-using SMBs can adopt and adapt to strengthen their company ramparts.